Community Almanac


Longhorn fall sports start

The fall sports season at Payson High School begins tonight. The Longhorn football team plays at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 on its home field, hosting Chino Valley.

Volleyball players will host Snowflake at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The first home soccer match is also Aug. 28 at 4 p.m., with the Lady Horns hosting Desert Christian. The boys are at home Sept. 8 against Chino Valley.

Brush pit schedule

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project… for a Fire Wise Rim Country will be staffing free brush drop-off points at the following locations, weather permitting: Saturday, Aug. 25 the Blattner Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blattner Pit is located at Milepost 259.7 on Highway 260, east of Payson; Sunday, Aug. 26 the Pine Pit will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pine Pit is located .7 of a mile east of Highway 87 on Control Road, south of Pine.

Farmers Market

Stock up on fresh fruit and produce, along with much more at the Payson Farmers Market.

The ponies will be at the market again this weekend, so bring the youngsters out for a ride and enjoy the musical entertainment of Anne James.

The Payson Farmers Market is at 816 S. Beeline Highway, behind Chili’s at the Sawmill Crossing.

Calvary Chapel invites all to hear evangelist Greg Laurie

Rim residents are invited to the Harvest America Crusade Live Webcast at Calvary Chapel Payson, 1103 N. Beeline Highway, starting at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26.

There will be free, live music and food, followed by a live webcast from Anaheim Stadium — a message of hope from noted evangelist and speaker, Greg Laurie. Stay for fellowship and dessert after the message. For more information, call (928) 468-0801.

Republicans host recorder candidates

The Rim Country Republican Club will meet Monday, August 27 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant. Members and guests may gather at 11 a.m. to order lunch and to socialize. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the speakers will be Sadie Tomerlin and James “Mac” Feezor, candidates for Gila County Recorder. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Nancy Cox at (928) 472-1172 for more information.

Payson school board meets

The PUSD school board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27 at the district office, 902 W. Main St. The agenda includes a discussion on the goals for student achievement and the quality of district facilities and grounds.

Will Dunman, principal of Rim Country Middle School, will also present a revamped job description of the middle school counselor position for board approval.

Business manager Kathie Manning will present an update on the annual financial audit.

The public is welcome to speak during the constituent comment portion of the meeting.

Learn about congestive heart failure

A program on congestive heart failure will be presented at the Payson Senior Center at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 by Dr. Terry Rousseau. He will discuss symptoms and treatment and when to seek medical advice.

The program is presented as part of the Payson Care Center Educational Series, call (928) 951-2305 for details.

Shoot for the Heart

The popular Shoot for the Heart programs will resume with a discussion on elk in Rim Country at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, Building A, Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road. 

The program “Elk of the Rim Country & Rim Country Fruit Cobbler” will feature a panel of elk experts discussing area elk — where to find them, where to photograph them, how to call them, where to find antlers, and much more. The panel includes Dean Pederson, Mark Kile, Pat Fogarty and Dennis Pirch.

Bob DePugh and Tom Lister will make hot fruit cobbler made with freshly picked area fruit, topped with vanilla ice cream.

To learn more, call (928) 472-7800 or go online to

Wound care

A program on wound treatment by Libbie Mangum, doctor of physical therapy, will be offered at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Payson Care Center. This is part of the PCC Educational Series, call (928) 951-2305 for details.

Canning, preserving program

Participants and the public can learn to preserve fruits, vegetables and meat at the Community Garden Food Preserving Class planned for Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. A set of three classes starts at 6:30 p.m.

Offered for free, the classes will include information on freezing fruits and vegetables, pressure canning meats and vegetables, water bath and dehydration.


2012 Kenny Davis Regional Finals Rodeo

2012 Kenny Davis Regional Finals Rodeo

Saturday, Aug. 25 1pm & 7pm Payson Event Center

The Mazatzal Hotel and Casino has partnered with the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association to host the 2012 Kenny Davis Regional Finals Rodeo at the Payson Event Center Saturday, Aug. 25. Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Top Native American cowboys and cowgirls from Arizona and New Mexico will compete in senior team roping, junior barrel racing, junior steer riding, junior breakaway roping, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie down (calf) roping, open team roping, ladies’ barrel racing and ladies’ breakaway roping. An added attraction planned for the event is a wild horse race. Admission is $5 and a food concession will be on site.

This year’s event is in honor of longtime Tonto Apache Tribal Vice-Chair Kenny Davis.

‘Hatrageous’ rummage and bake sale Aug. 30

Payson Care Center is having a “Hatrageous” rummage and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30. 

Items will include lots of hats that were previously on display at Granny’s Attic.  Donations for the sale will be accepted starting Monday, Aug. 27. 

The sale is open to the community and all proceeds go toward the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” in September. 

Payson Care Center is at 107 E. Lone Pine Dr. For more information, call (928) 951-2305. 

PAWS bake sale

The Payson Area Woofers Society (PAWS) will hold a Labor Day Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in front of the Payson Safeway.

Organizers guarantee the baked goods will be great to purchase — and there might even be cookies that look like your dog. There will also be some PAWS logo items available, such as T-shirts and hats.

For more information, call Dave at (928) 474-3040.

Alzheimer’s risk

Dr. Christine Belden, director of neuropsychology at Banner Sun Health Institute, will present an informative lecture about Alzheimer’s disease at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at the Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Dr.

Dr. Belden will discuss the state of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s research. Learn what researchers are discovering and if there really is anything you can do to prevent getting this illness. To reserve a seat, please call Christy VanderMolen, (928) 951-2305.

BLAST is coming

Ponderosa Bible Church is bringing BLAST (Bible Learning and Sharing Together) to Payson Sept. 2.

BLAST 1 is for children in kindergarten through the sixth grade and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; BLAST 2 is for children in kindergarten through the fourth grade, and will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

There will be music; great Bible lessons; puppets, Sydnee and Simon; fun crafts; and snacks.

Church vans are available to pick up and drop off participants. Call the church office to register for BLAST or register during church services at the BLAST table in the sanctuary.

Ponderosa Bible Church is at 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. For more information call the church office at (928) 474-9279.

New ministry

Learn about ReviveAll School of Supernatural Ministry (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry curriculum) at an open house information night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4.

ReviveAll School of Supernatural Ministry (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry curriculum) is activating a culture of revival in the Rim Country and the world. The school will meet Tuesday evenings starting Sept. 11 at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar Lane.

For more information, call (928) 474-2602 for Pastor Gordon or (928) 474-9464 for Chuck or Nancy.

Happiness Breakfast

Learn about what Time Out Inc. does at a free continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6 at the Time Out Thrift Store, 500 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Reserve a spot by calling Camille at (928) 472-8007 or e-mail executivedirector@

Reserve space now for Community Yard Sale

The Payson Community Presbyterian Church will present one of its Community Yard Sales from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Community Yard Sale is an outreach of the church giving a great venue for local families to make a few dollars at a very low cost. For just $10, participants can rent a 10-foot-by-19-foot space.

All proceeds from this event go to CPC’s Deacons Assistance Program that serves families in need in the Rim Country with financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions and our food pantry. CPC works closely with St. Vincent de Paul to offer citizens help when needed six days a week.

The Yard Sale will be at 800 W. Main St. (corner of Oak and Main). Reserve a space by calling the office at (928) 474-2059.

AARP Driving Safety Class

Another AARP Driving Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Payson Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Free CPR class

The Mogollon Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Payson Fire Department, will be holding a free Heartsaver CPR class from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. Please call Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 for more information. Pre-registration is required.

MHA pays for the class through fund-raising, its gift shop at the hospital, and through the generous donations to its Almost New Thrift Shop, 304 E. Aero Drive, Payson.


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